Welcome to Knit a Bit of Magic

Friday, October 22, 2010

The Mitered Blanket & My Knitted Scarf Tutorial

This project intriques me: http://www.shellykang.com/all-about-the-blankie. I might have to give it a try and use up some of this yarn before it strangles me in my sleep. I'm not sure I have all that much sock weight yarn sitting around though, and if I did, wouldn't I be knitting socks out of it?

And speaking of socks, I just bought a booklet called Patons Stretch Socks Sweet to Your Feet, but the yarn is so expensive I haven't bought it yet. I don't really need a $16 pair of socks, that I have to make myself. But if I am judicious with my 40% off coupons from Joann's I might get some of the yarn called for in the book by Patons.

I finished my scarf tutorial today but didn't get it sent to the editor in time. The three hour time difference is killing me. About the time I get in full stride they are closing and going home for the night. Still, I hung in there and got the file sent to them. They'll just have to deal with it on Monday morning. At least it's off my plate for now.

Another FIrst

Yay! AllFreeKnitting  is up and running and the editor said I'm the first tutorial on their channel. http://www.youtube.com/user/AllFreeKnitting So drop by and watch my 'How to Purl" video. I'm sure they'll have more tutorials up soon. I'm sending them another one today for a holiday scarf.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

All Free Knitting Dot Com

The people at AllFreeKnitting.com have offered to sponsor my knitting videos, so now I hope to be making two videos a week. I'm so excited. They've already approved my list of projects. They want a few technique tutorials first though. So if you are just learning how to knit I hope you'll follow my blog because I'll be embedding those tutorials here too for my readers.

It's a win win situation. I drive traffic to their site and they drive traffic to mine. They pay me a small bit to do that, so it helps me to keep going as an artist. Youtube is wonderful in that way. And because someone is actually expecting me to make tutorials, I'm much more motivated to make them and design new projects.  And then I have to finish more projects too, because what good is a tutorial if they don't teach you how to finish the project?

They are also interested in knitting loom tutorials, and I've had a lot of requests for those in the last three years. So if that's your interest, please find my loom knitting blog and follow that one as well. There are only so many hours in the day, so I don't have time to embed every tutorial everywhere, but I'll give you all a heads up as time allows.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Hat and Photo Props

I'm making a bunch of hats and baby cocoons and other photo props for my daughter's new photo studio. It's right in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. We are all so excited for her! And she is also expecting, so she'll get to try out all the props on her son.

I'm making a striped long tailed pirate hat for babies right now in black and white. I've always loved black and white together. I don't know why I don't do more things in black and white. I used to be a mime...you'd think I'd have tons of black and white items.